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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), alerts Nigerians of the existence of another hacking group orchestrating cyberespionage in the African telecoms space.

NCC quoted “An Iranian hacking group known as Lyceum (also known as Hexane, Siamesekitten, or Spirlin) has been reported to be targeting telecoms, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Ministries of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Africa with upgraded malware”

The NCC says that the recent notification is part of its effort in keeping with its commitment to continuously keep stakeholders in the country’s telecoms sector informed, educated, and protected.

NCC in a notice on Monday said information about this cyber-attack is contained in the latest advisory issued by the Nigerian Computer Emergency Response Team (ngCERT).

According to the advisory, the hacking group is known to be focused on infiltrating the networks of telecoms companies and ISPs.

NCC said that an Iranian hacking group known as Lyceum (also known as Hexane, Siamesekitten, or Spirlin) has been reported to be targeting telecoms, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and Ministries of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Africa with upgraded malware in a recent politically motivated attacks oriented in cyberespionage.

Lyceum’s initial onslaught vectors include credential stuffing and brute-force attacks, according to NCC.

” So, once a victim’s system is compromised, the attackers conduct surveillance on specific targets. In that mode, Lyceum will attempt to deploy two different kinds of malware: Shark and Milan (known together as James)”

NCC in a statement emphasized on ngCERT reports that multiple layers of security in addition to constant network monitoring are required by telecom companies and ISPs alike to stave off potential attacks.

The General Public is advised to: ensure the consistent use of firewalls (software, hardware, and cloud firewalls) enable a Web Application Firewall to help detect and prevent attacks coming from web applications by inspecting HTTP traffic; install up-to-date antivirus programs to help detect and prevent a wide range of malware, trojans, and viruses, which APT hackers will use to exploit your system.

 

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